July 9-21: Jim Kershner on the Compelling ‘Fighting Life’ of Carl Maxey

Another Speakers Bureau presentation and a reading by the poet laureate round out the schedule this week, with big events on the horizon next week – save the dates!

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THIS WEEK (July 9-14, 2012)


HARRINGTON – Speakers Bureau’s Jim Kershner leads a discussion on the life of Carl Maxey, our state’s first prominent African-American lawyer. Maxey was a controversial activist who defended the Seattle 7 antiwar protesters and took part in Freedom Summer in Mississippi. He developed his fighting spirit during his early years, when he was evicted from a Spokane orphanage and became a professional boxer. Kershner presents this compelling biography during his talk A Fighting Life: A Boxer-Turned-Lawyer Battles for Civil Rights Friday (July 13) at the Harrington Opera House

Amy Rubin

Amy Rubin

TUESDAY (July 10)

BELLEVUE – Speakers Bureau’s Amy Rubin, The Fascinating Rhythms of North and South America [Details].

THURSDAY (July 12)

SEATTLE – Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, reading at the Rotary Club of Seattle Northeast [Details].

NEXT WEEK (July 15-21, 2012)

MONDAY (July 16)

TACOMA – Speakers Bureau’s Sid Peterson, Put This On The {Map}: LGBTQ Youth in Washington State [Details].

TUESDAY (July 17)

SEATTLE – A Think & Drink event: State of the Unions: A Conversation on the Institution of Marriage, featuring Stephanie Coontz, Anne Levinson and Steve Scher [Details].

poets_powerpoint_poster_smallTHURSDAY (July 19)

SEATTLE – West of Lenin hosts Poets, PowerPoint & a Delightful Misuse of Company Time: A Benefit for Humanities Washington, featuring local writers juxtaposing new works with lively, rapid-fire PowerPoint slideshows [Details].

SATURDAY (July 21)

KENT – Speakers Bureau’s Harriet Baskas, What is That?: Unusual and Offbeat People, Places, Things, and Events in Washington State [Details].

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